- Fashion and Beauty
Shaving tips for teenage boys
Some boys go through puberty earlier than others. Therefore it’s not uncommon to find boys as young as 11 years of age shaving.
The male hormone androgen is responsible for the surge of facial and body hair in teenage boys.
Androgen (testosterone) are male hormones which trigger the growth of hair during puberty resulting in hair appearing under the arm pits, pubic area, stomach, chest and face.
Boys should begin shaving if they have too much hair and experience discomfort because of it.
Before you begin shaving first choose a razor which you feel comfortable with.
The electric razor and the disposable razor are two types used by first time shavers.
It’s important to know the difference between the two as this will help you choose the one you feel more comfortable using.
Electric razors do not give a close shave as the disposable kind. But some parents prefer the electric razor because the risk of cuts and nicks while shaving is less when compared to the disposable razor.
Choosing the right electric razor is also important to prevent the skin from turning red and irritant which is the case when the wrong electric razor is used.
Pick an electric shaver which is commonly used by first time shavers and has some good reviews.
The Braun 3Series 340S-4 Wet & Dry Shaver is a shaver worth checking out if you are a first time user since it can be used with shaving gels and creams and has a built in conditioner which can be a plus point if one is worried about getting a skin rash or red bumps while shaving.
Choose a quality razor since this will ensure the blade is not dull and blunt.
Use a two blade razor with a movable head.
The Gillette SensorExcel Razor is a reasonably priced razor which is the only two-blade razor that has protective microfins and self-adjusting twin blades.
Remember to always lather your skin well with quality shaving foam to safeguard from cuts and skin irritations when using a disposable razor.
Shaving foams and gels made from aloe vera contain antiseptic properties and are soothing and gentle on shaven skin.
Try to shave after a shower as this will soften the hairs and open the pores which are ideal for getting a close shave.
How to Use an Electric Shaver - Quick Tutorial
Shaving with a dry electric shaver
- Prepare for the shave by first softening your skin by washing it with warm water or applying a hot towel to it and leaving on for a few minutes.
- Dry the face and dust some talcum powder on the area to be shaved.
- Find the direction the hair is growing. Then gently pull the skin with one hand and shave against the direction of hair growth with the other hand (which has the electric shaver in it).
- Electric shavers can heat up fast while in use. Try to first shave hair on the areas where the skin is sensitive. By doing this you will protect the skin from getting red and irritable from the heat given off by the shaver.
Shaving with a disposable razor
- Soften the face by washing with warm water or place a hot water towel over the face and leave on for a few minutes.
- Lather the area of the face to be shaved with shaving foam or shaving gel.
- Shave in the direction the hair is growing. Don’t press too hard on the skin while shaving as this can damage the skin resulting in cuts and skin irritations.
- Rinse the face and apply an aftershave lotion or moisturizer to prevent the skin from drying.
- Clean the razor by rinsing it in warm water and store in a dry place.
© 2012 Suranee Perera
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